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[Chicago] We’re creating a space to open a dialogue around racism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, sexism, ableism, violence and any other limitations to community-building and to inspire positive change.

Queer is Community is an upcoming event at the Center on Halsted. On Sunday, May 27, Queer is Community will bring together performers, activists, students, nonprofits and folks from across Chicago to dialogue about community building in Chicago and the need for building inclusive, affirming spaces in our community. That evening we will create a space for a discussion on racism, sexism, transphobia and other pitfalls of our community that divide us, rather than unite us. 

We will begin with a small rally/speakout from 6:00 to 6:45 outside of the Center, followed by a 15-minute period to allow our vigil attendees and general attendees to file into the center. We will request a $5 suggest donation at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The donations will be split with the Center on Halsted, to cover the cost of the space, and The Crib (For more on The Crib: http://www.thenightministry.org/001_programs/040_youth_services/030_youth_housing/040_the_crib).

Hosted by Adam Guerino, the moderator of last year’s We Are Halsted event, Queer is Community will begin with an hour of performances, from personalities across the spectrum of the community. These performers will speak to their own experiences with these issues, and they include:

Jamie Royce of Stuff Queer People Need to Know, joined by members of Queer Choir
Tony Soto of The Qu
ellie navidson of Genderqueer Chicago and No Boys Allowed
Precious Davis, youth outreach coordinator at the Center on Halsted
Yasmin Nair of Gender JUST and Against Equality
Brian Turner, outreach coordinator at TaskForce Prevention & Community Services
Zachary Stafford of the Huffington Post
Trans educator Rebecca Kling
Queer performer Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero (aka. Vajaqueque Brown)

Afterward, we will break for a 15-minute intermission, and conclude the evening with an hour-long discussion by this diverse panel of community members on including intersecting identities and inspiring change.

Accessibility notes: The Center on Halsted is physically accessible, as well as the restrooms. The event is all ages. Restrooms closest to the event space on the third floor will be gender neutral.

WHEN/WHERE:

Rally and Speakout:
Sunday May 27th, 2012
6:00 PM
Halsted and Waveland
Chicago, IL 60613

Performance:
Sunday May 27th, 2012
7:00 P.M.
Center on Halsted, 3rd floor
3656 N. Halsted Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

$5 suggested donation

MEDIA PARTNERS:

In Our Words: 
www.inourwordsblog.com // http://www.facebook.com/InOurWords

Stuff Queer People Need to Know: http://stuffqueerpeopleneedtoknow.wordpress.com/ // http://www.facebook.com/SQPNTK

The L Stop:
http://thelstop.org/ // http://www.facebook.com/TheLStop

The Qu: 
www.thequ.co // http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Qu/117528248334579

SocialScope:
www.50faggots.com

The Civil Rights Agenda:
www.jointcra.org // http://www.facebook.com/jointcra

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